Turkey has announced that it would “temporarily” close its border with neighboring Iran as alarm grows over a spike in new coronavirus infections there.
According to AFP, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca disclosed this to reporters on Sunday.
He said: “We have decided to shut the land border temporarily after an increase in the number of cases in our neighbor Iran,”
The land and railway borders will be closed from 1700 (1400 GMT) on Sunday, the minister said.
He said air traffic from Iran into Turkey would also be halted from 2000 (1700 GMT) on Sunday but departures to Iran could continue.
Iran confirmed eight deaths from the novel coronavirus on Sunday, the highest toll of any country outside China.